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Making Plans … 2015 Cycle Touring Trips

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This year we are planning to do, hopefully, two longish cycle tours (if things work out!),  interspersed with shorter weekend cycle/camping trips. It might be that we only manage to fit in just one long trip, but if you don’t make plans, you won’t do anything!

One of the longer trips in the planning is the Outer Hebrides, which are off the west coast of Scotland. As we will be halfway there when we go to the UK’s first ever Cycle Touring Festival being held in May in Clitheroe, Lancashire (see my previous post), it makes sense to continue the journey and drive on up to Oban for the ferry to the Hebridean Islands. The second, much longer, trip is The Rhine Cycle Route, (EuroVelo 15), from source to sea through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

We are still very much at the planning stage and need to sort out the logistics. If any of you have done either of these trips, we would appreciate any hints / tips / useful info you can pass on.

What I’m also going to do is to document the trip/trips photographically and also film the journeys. So, as they say, watch this space!!

2015 Cycle Trips

Author: Mike McEnnerney Photographer PhotoLink Images

I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember and have been running my own photographic business for many years (www.photolinkimages.co.uk). This also carries over into my personal interests: I love the great outdoors and enjoy nothing better than to be outside taking photos (www.mike-mcennerney.smugmug.com) and combining this with my hobbies of Yoga, cycle touring, camping, backpacking, canoeing and just being out in the wilds, or as the Australians say "beyond the black stump" farther into the outback than the city lights.

3 thoughts on “Making Plans … 2015 Cycle Touring Trips

  1. We did Barra, South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist as part of a general island hopping tour a couple of years ago and they were just magical. It’s tricky to fit it in with the ferry timetables but if you can include Coll and Tiree as well I believe they are very special indeed. I really regret that we didn’t have the time. I found the Outer Hebrides had a character that was quite unique and it really felt like we were in another country. I only hope you get good weather as it is so fickle there. We were lucky to get a bit of everything! It will be nice to swap stories at the Festival in May.

    • Hi Tony, Thanks for your comment. We’ve been talking about cycling the Hebrides for a few years now, but it’s always been the weather that’s made us think twice! We’ve decided to bite the bullet now as the islands do have a magical appeal. We are preparing for the worst and the fact that we might have to bail out if the weather’s too stormy. We’ll just have to plan a revisit! Interesting to hear your comments about Coll and Tiree – we’ll have to look into that. Look forward to meeting you in May.

  2. Sounds brilliant! I’d love to hear your plans in more detail if we meet up sometime. Always fancied the outer Hebrides for a trip myself sometime. Tess

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